Hot Entertainment is Alive and Well in the "Music" City by the Lake
There’s just nothing like summertime in Hendersonville. It is a time when friends and families like to get together and enjoy life at a slower pace. No doubt about it, we all love this time of year.
However, summer is not complete without our favorite tunes. While we usually listen to recorded music, there is nothing quite as satisfying as hearing our favorite songs performed live. Fortunately, Middle Tennessee is teeming with places to hear live music.
Let’s kick off summer 2019 by taking a look at—or rather a listen to—four popular local artists.
Tyme has been one of Hendersonville’s most popular bands since the summer of 2011. Specializing in classic rock ‘n’ roll music, the band performs regularly at venues all around Middle Tennessee. Tyme is well-known locally for playing the Summer Concert Series and the Pumpkin Patch Festivals held at the Streets of Indian Lake.
In addition to street festivals, Tyme also plays many other kinds of gigs, including honky-tonks, private parties and corporate events. However, regardless of the venue, the band always stays true to its rock ‘n’ roll roots.
“We love to take our audiences on a trip back in time to the great rock songs of the ’60s and ’70s,” says lead singer Joel Motel. “The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Animals and many other great acts influence our song list to this day.”
Together, Joel and his bandmates love to help their audiences relive the glory days of AM rock. While their music is particularly appealing to baby boomers, Tyme also enjoys introducing younger crowds to the rhythm and sound of classic rock ‘n’ roll.
“Our music is ageless, and it holds an appeal for all generations,” Joel says. “If you love the songs from the early days of classic rock, come on out and take a trip back in time with Tyme!”
Upcoming Public Performances and Venue:
July 18 and Oct. 5 – Summer Concert Series, Streets of Indian Lake
The Streets of Indian Lake Grand Plaza
300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville
The Streets of Indian Lake Grand Plaza is a newly remodeled outdoor venue located in one of the most popular shopping and dining districts in Hendersonville. Each Thursday night from June to September, the Grand Plaza hosts area bands for free, family-friendly concerts. StreetsOfIndianLake.com
Erik Blue Band
Erik Blue began his foray into the entertainment world at just 9 years old when he first started taking music lessons. When he turned 16, he began performing professionally as both a vocalist and a musician. Since then, Erik has continued to hone his performance skills, both with his own band and through guest appearances with other musicians.
Erik has been molded by the musical styles of a wide variety of performers, including Chick Corea, Prince, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles. These diverse influences have provided Erik with a broad catalog of music that lets him entertain all types of audiences.
Despite the diversity, however, there are two types of music he enjoys the most.
“Jazz and R&B are my band’s specialties,” Erik says. “That being said, I’ve been known to surprise audiences with rock, pop, gospel and country selections,” he adds with a wink.
Erik has performed in and around Hendersonville on a frequent basis, most recently at the Plaza Grand Reveal Extravaganza at the Streets of Indian Lake.
“I love playing at the Streets of Indian Lake,” Erik says. “My band caters to people of all ages, and we feel right at home at the family-friendly venue.”
Regardless of the venue, Erik is passionate about giving his audience a great musical experience.
“We love what we do, and it shows,” he says. “We make our audience feel like they are part of the performance.”
Upcoming Public Performances and Venue:
July 3, 10 and 17 – Regi Wooten & Friends, Rudy’s Jazz Room, Nashville
Rudy’s Jazz Room
809 Gleaves St., Nashville
Rudy’s Jazz Room brings the warm spirit and intimate environment of traditional New Orleans-style jazz clubs to Nashville. Located in the Gulch, Rudy’s is the home for some of the best jazz performers around, offering multiple shows and acts each day. RudysJazzRoom.com/home
Bass guitarist Mike Claiborne has been performing his music for almost 40 years. While he spent most of those years as a freelance musician, he finally formed his own band after releasing his first album, The Diary Of…, in 2012.
Mike has performed with a variety of artists, including tribute acts, event groups and cover bands. He has also played in a variety of venues, including auditoriums, clubs, bars and special events. Some of his favorite venues are the House of Blues and the Ryman Auditorium.
As a freelancer, Mike plays all musical styles and genres. However, his own compositions represent a melding of several styles derived from his favorite music artists.
“Over my career, I have been influenced by a wide range of musical talents, including Yes, the Beatles, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker,” Mike says. “All of my original music is instrumental, and it is a fusion of jazz, funk, R&B, rock and reggae.”
Whether performing with his band or with others, Mike is passionate about bringing the joy of music to his audience.
“I want the audience to feel like they can escape from the cares of life for an evening,” Mike says.
Upcoming Public Performances:
July 13 and Aug. 16 – Bicho Brothers, Acme Feed & Seed
Acme Feed & Seed
101 Broadway, Nashville
Acme Feed & Seed is a popular music venue located on historic Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. The multilevel establishment features multiple bars and dining locations, with live music being performed each night, featuring shows by a variety of established and up-and-coming performers, AcmeFeedAndSeed.com
Country music artist Eric Holmgren first started playing the guitar in his rural Massachusetts home when he was 6 years old. Even then, he realized he had both a gift and a passion for performing.
“My first ‘real’ show was performing in the lead role of a musical at the age of 8,” Eric says. “However, I will never forget it. It was my first taste of loving a crowd reaction.”
Over the years, Eric continued to perform, eventually forming his own rock band. However, it was not long before he found himself drawn to country music.
“There is just something about country music. There are great stories in every song,” he says. “After years of listening to the genre, I knew it was the direction for me to go.”
Eventually, he packed up his belongings and headed to Nashville to further his career. Since his arrival in Music City, Eric has taken advantage of every opportunity to hone his musical craft, from collaborating with local songwriters to performing in venues all around the area.
While Eric continues to craft his own musical style, he doesn’t stray too far from traditional country music. He has been particularly influenced by country performers who incorporate strong acoustical arrangements in their music, such as Travis Tritt.
Regardless of the venue, Eric is committed to performing with a passion.
“If you like your music filled with fun, energy and raw emotions, be sure to check out one of my shows,” he says.
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Upcoming Public Performances:
July 7, 14, 21 and 28 – AJ’s Good Time Bar
AJ’s Good Time Bar
421 Broadway, Nashville
Country music superstar Alan Jackson created AJ’s Good Time Bar to showcase the traditional country music that made Nashville Music City. Housed in a historic building on world-famous Lower Broadway, AJ’s Good Time Bar is the home for some of the best country music in town. AJsGoodTimeBar.com